Partnership between Hexcel and ASCEND Project to Accelerate Development of Lightweight Advanced Composites

March 31 2021

Hexcel announces its role within the recently launched UK-based project called ASCEND (Aerospace and Automotive Supply Chain Enabled Development) that will focus on developing high-rate manufacturing and processing technologies that will accelerate the development of new, lightweight advanced composite materials.
Hexcel will join lead partner GKN Aerospace and 13 other project stakeholders in collaboration across the UK supply chain to develop the technologies and automation equipment required to manufacture lightweight, more fuel-efficient structures for sustainable air mobility, aerospace, and automotive industries.
Hexcel will contribute to the ASCEND project framework, developing a new HexPly fast cure prepreg system that will significantly reduce component processing times compared to existing aerospace prepregs.
In addition to its new fast curing prepreg technology, Hexcel’s range of Liquid Composite Moulding (LCM) products will be incorporated into the ASCEND project work packages. The project will use both HiTape advanced unidirectional dry carbon reinforcements and HiMax multiaxial non-crimp fabrics reinforcements.
Paul Mackenzie, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Hexcel sited that they are proud to be part of the ASCEND program, and looking forward to work with other leading companies as they develop processes and materials that help to make the next generation of sustainable air mobility, aerospace, and automotive vehicles possible. This project offers the perfect platform for Hexcel to collaborate and further develop HexPly, HiMax, and HiTape technologies.
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